I like buying gifts for myself, I think I definitely deserve nice things! I’ve mentioned a few times before how much I love subscription boxes. It’s so nice getting a little delivery every month and I love the surprise of discovering whats inside. As a busy mum, its not always easy to put myself first and I’ll always treat the kids before myself. The Lifestyle Box was also started by two mums, with a fab idea. I think this might be the perfect subscription box for me!

The Lifestyle Box | Monthly Subscription Box | ReviewEach box comes beautifully packaged and contains a selection of 4 beautiful lifestyle items. The gifts in each box are sourced from a selection of small and independent businesses and makers. This is something I can really get behind and one of the things I was most impressed with when I heard about The Lifestyle Box. I was sent the May box to try, so here are my first impressions.

The Lifestyle Box | Monthly Subscription Box | Review

Packaging

One of the little things I always appreciate in a subscription box, is the box itself. I love a nice sized sturdy box that I can re-use. This one is large, robust and glossy and it was an absolutely lovely way to start the experience. I liked the little note inside, which made it feel more personal.

The Lifestyle Box | Monthly Subscription Box | ReviewInside, the packaging is just as good and I liked that the inner packaging matched the theme of the May box, which was Blooming Gorgeous and with a purple colour scheme.

The Lifestyle Box | Monthly Subscription Box | Review

Contents

So what was inside the box? A lovely scarf, a cute coin purse, a stunning Amethyst necklace and an adorable Prosecco lip balm. Such a nice gift and definitely all stuff that I will use and enjoy.

The Lifestyle Box | Monthly Subscription Box | ReviewMy favourite piece in the box was the gorgeous Amethyst Druzy Necklace. I love anything with with crystals and the colour of this one is just stunning. This is definitely something I will wear and use a lot. I also like that it’s not something I would have sought out and bought, so getting it as surprise and loving it makes it even better for me.

The Lifestyle Box | Monthly Subscription Box | ReviewI always carry a lip balm or two around in my handbag, I love to try new brands and different flavours. This comes from lovely small business Heart and Heritage. I loved the smooth texture of this lovely lip balm. It’s perfect for giving my lips a little love and it smells gorgeous.

The Lifestyle Box | Monthly Subscription Box | ReviewThe cute leather coin purse is also going to get a lot of use. It’s currently in my bag with some spare hair elastics and hair grips in it, so I always have them on the go if I need one. This would also be great for keeping money in when I’m carrying a small handbag or clutch bag and I can’t use my big purse. I love the rose gold colour and that it was handmade by an independent maker called Dasprez.

The Lifestyle Box | Monthly Subscription Box | ReviewLastly the gorgeous scarf, which is just one of those lovely useful things to throw on before you leave the house. Right now it’s a little hot for a scarf, but I’ll be keeping this safe for Autumn, Winter and Spring. It’s a lovely light scarf, which is a really good size and agin absolutely gorgeous quality.

The Lifestyle Box | Monthly Subscription Box | Review

The Details

I received the May subscription box. Each month The Lifestyle Box co launch a new theme supported with colours and product that are completely different. There 4 surprise items presented beautifully in a box every month. The items very but include candles, stationery, beauty products, fashion accessories, confectionery and home trinkets. Basically all the lovely little things that I can’t resist treating myself too! Also perfect for bloggers like me who like nice things for flat lays (just saying!)

There are different lengths of subscription. 1 months costs £20 plus P&P, a three month subscription costs £54 and 6 months costs £105. I think this would make an absolutely lovely gift for somebody special, be it a friend relative or just lovely you!

Find out all the details of the subscription box over on The Lifestyle Box website.

*The Lifestyle Box was kindly sent to me for the purposes of review. All opinions as always are my own. 


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When it comes to dressing in vintage, it’s the finishing touches that make all the difference. I love playing around with all my bags, shoes and accessories and putting lovely outfits together. As well as some new additions this season, there are lots of Hotter shoes which I pair up with my vintage dresses. I like modern shoes as they fit better and are so much more comfortable than their vintage counterparts! When I go to events or just for everyday life I wear shoes that won’t be hurting my feet after a few hours and my Hotter shoes are perfect. I own quite a few pairs, so today I’m sharing some of my favourites to wear with my vintage outfits.

Hotter Shoes for Vintage Outfits

Vintage Style Shoes from Hotter Shoes

For everyday I mostly wear flats. I walk a lot so it’s the most practical choice. I almost always wear pretty dresses though, so I like shoes that are actually more practical than they look! So popular everyday choices for me include my Flare sandals and for a slightly dressier look I’ll go for something like Hallie. For more dressy occasions or vintage events I’ll usually wear Donna or Viviene. I’ve also included Valletta in the picture above, I don’t own these, but I spotted them in the Outlet section of the Hotter website and there are few sizes left for a few lucky feet!

Vintage Style Shoes from Hotter Shoes

Viviene and Village Vintage Style Shoes

Vivienne are one of my favourite pairs of Hotter shoes. I own them in this simple cream colour and they are so versatile, I can wear them with almost anything. These are from last year and they now come come in a selection of other colours and two tone options. These are ideal for wearing with vintage dresses. I love the navy and cream pair so much.

Another favourite pair are the Village brogues, again I own them in a very easy to wear natural shade. This is another pair that is now in the Outlet section, but I thought I’d include them just incase any of you are a size 8. I mostly wear these with my cropped jeans, but they’d look great with skirts and dresses too. For some alternative lace up options click here.

Vintage Style Shoes from Hotter Shoes

Flare and Mabel Comfy Shoes for Everyday

I own the Flare sandals in two different colour-ways, the brown pictured above and a red pair from last season. I wear these at least 3 or 4 times a week and they just don’t seem to wear out. They are great quality and will last for years. I like the nod to 40s sandals with the Flare and I think they look great with vintage dresses. These come in lots of colours, so you can match them up to your favourite outfits.

I love a nice pair of lace up canvas shoes and the Mabel from Hotter are a firm favourite. These are another one that come in so many different prints, I’d love have a few pairs go these to match different outfits. I chose these because they’re quite an easy colour to mix and match with.

Vintage Style Shoes from Hotter Shoes

Donna Comfortable and Stylish

My all time favourite Hotter style would have to be Donna. These have been available for a few years now and have come in a variety of colours over the years. both my pairs are quite old now and the pink especially have been worn a lot. They are so comfortable and look amazing as part of a vintage inspired outfit. At the moment they come in a pale pink, a truffle and black and cream options. there are also a few colours in the Outlet section.

Hallie for Dressing Up and Down, Sol for Happy Feet

One of the newest additions to my collection are the Hallie shoes, these are low heel while still being quite dressy. I love to wear these with really casual outfits like jeans and gypsy tops and also go all out and wear them with a gorgeous dress. This is a pair I’d take on holiday, so I could wear them day and night. These also come in black a metallic nickel finish.

I wear my Sol sandals so much, that I had to take them off my feet to take this picture! Although not specifically vintage in style, they do go with just about everything, especially in the gold shade that I have. This is another style that comes in loads of colours and I definitely wouldn’t mind having a few more pairs. I’ve walked miles around London in these without my feet hurting at all, I’d definitely recommend these if you walk a lot, but still want pretty sandals.

Find your Perfect Pair

Fine the full range of comfortable shoes over on the Hotter website.

This post was sponsored by Hotter who I will be working with on a few posts over the summer. I am so grateful to be able to work with brands who I already shop with and love. All opinions as always are my own. This post contains affiliate links. 


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It’s been quite a while since I found a bikini that I really love and feel comfortable in. Much as I love my body, I like styles that cover my stretch marks, but also have enough room for my boobs. It can actually be really hard to find something that works when you’re not a conventional body shape. I recently got the opportunity to choose a bikini and cover up from Boohoo and I’m so glad I chose this simple black bikini and beautiful fringed kimono.

When I started looking on the Boohoo website, I went straight to the plus size section, which has an amazing selection of swimwear in size 16-24. The plus range is every bit as lovely as their main range and I was impressed with how fashion forward everything was.

In dresses I usually go for a size 14, but in swimwear I like to size up as I have a big bum and boobs and feel more comfortable in a larger size. The bottoms fit perfectly, but the top was a little loose round the back, so I had to wear it as tie back. I’m a 32F, so I often need to size swimwear up to allow for my cup size and make things smaller round the back to allow for my smaller rib cage. This isn’t a big problem for me though and so worth it to get a great fit. I couldn’t believe how supportive the bikini tops was, I felt secure and comfortable and the style was perfect for me.

The best thing about the bikini was how confident I felt in it. It hid the bits I’m self conscious about and supported my boobs, so I could just enjoy a lovely day on the beach with Rob and the kids without worrying about how I looked. I definitely believe that every body is bikini ready and there is a perfect bikini out there for everyone. Confidence shouldn’t come from changing you, but finding the right swimwear for you. I now want to buy lots more gorgeous bikinis, so me and my new found confidence can have even more fun on the beach.

The cover up is so perfect for me and I love both the print and the fringed details. It was nice having an extra layer as I don’t go to the beach to tan but to play with the kids, take in the view and have fun. It was also nice as we visited the beach later in the day and it kept the chilly breeze at bay. This would be perfect to take away on holiday.

You can find the full range of swimwear on the Boohoo website or check out the plus size range.

These pics were shot by Rob on a lovely day out at the beach with the kids. *Thank you to Boohoo for sending me a bikini to try and thank you for focussing on a body positive inclusive range.


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If you follow me over on Instagram you’ll know I love sharing pics of brightly coloured houses and vibrant yellow front doors. I love doing for long photo walks around London and taking snaps of some of my favourites. I thought it would be fun to share a few great London locations where you can spot the most colourful houses. Although I love yellow, but the city is full of every colour imaginable. So here are 10 of my favourite colourful streets in London to get those perfect Insta snaps.

1. Chalcott Crescent, Primrose Hill.

This gorgeous street is not only famous for it’s beautiful houses but also for one of it’s more famous residents – Paddington Bear! This beautiful road has houses of all colours and with it’s old fashioned lampposts and iron fences it makes the perfect London photo spot.

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2. Bywater Street, Chelsea.

This street is always full of bloggers and Instagramers shooting outfit pics and I can see why, this is one of the prettiest colourful streets in London. You’ll usually see the pink and purple houses, but for yellow fans like me there are a couple of gorgeous houses. This street is perfect for outfit pics or just capturing a pretty view.

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3.Notting Hill.

There are so many gorgeous streets in Notting Hill to take pictures of colourful houses, that I could fill a whole list with them! It’s worth taking a few hours to wander round the whole area and discover a few for yourself. But a few of my faves include Farmer Street, Kensington Park Road, Ledbury Road, and Hillgate Street.

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4. South Kensington Mews Streets.

Like Notting Hill, South Kensington is a little colourful enclave, full of gorgeous littles mews streets. These sweet little cobbled streets are painted in a plethora of gorgeous colours and strolling between them, makes for a lovely afternoon photowalk. If you’re looking for colourful streets in London, the many mews are a great place to start. My favourite include Ensor Mews, Redcliffe Mews, Cornwall Mews and Kynance Mews, but as you wander around you’ll find plenty more.

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5. Godfrey Street, Chelsea.

This gorgeous street has a bit of everything. Different styles of houses in lots of gorgeous different colours. Expect bright primary colours as well as subtle pastels. This quite close to Bywater Street as well, so I’d recommend checking out both while you’re in the area.

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6. Leverton Street, Kentish Town.

This absolutely stunning street was well worth venturing up to North London for. It’s absolutely beautiful. it has that perfect combination of painted houses, colourful doors and pretty plants growing up the front of houses. Every Instagrammer’s dream!

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7. Chalcott Square, Primrose Hill.

This gorgeous square in Primrose Hill is such a dream for those of us who could never afford to live there! This stunning square of brightly coloured houses has a gorgeous garden in the middle. this is the perfect spot for getting those bikes against the railings pics, that look so good on instagram.

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8. Kelly Street, Kentish Town

Another beautiful Victorian street, with every coloured house you could possibly imagine. The houses have beautiful details and this is another one with gorgeous railings, old fashioned lamp posts and pretty front gardens. There are quite a lot of cars parked down here though, making photography a little tricky. I had to use clever angles like this so as not to capture all the cars.

10 Colourful Streets in London to Take Instagram Pictures | Kelly Street

9. Bonny Street, Camden

This row of very simple houses look absolutely lovely in their little pastel row. Again there quite a lot of cars parked in front of them when I went, but being so close to other great spots like Camden High Street this is a great little Instagram stop.

10 Colourful Streets in London to Take Instagram Pictures | Bonny Street

10. Falkland Avenue, Kentish Town.

This amazing street is just next to Leverton Street, which I mentioned above. Again it is absolutely packed with gorgeous houses in loads of different colours. There’s even a bit of wisteria, perfect for Instagram.

10 Colourful Streets in London to Take Instagram Pictures | Falkland Street



Capturing Colourful Streets in London

This list is by no means exhaustive and you’ll find that most of these colourful street are surrounded by others. there are also lots of spots with just one or two fab houses on them. For example many of the Streets off Kings Road are gorgeous, but Bywater Street and Godfrey Street are the best. Burnsall Street should get a special mention just for the house pictured below even if it isn’t one of the most colourful streets in London.

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The best thing about living in London is getting to explore, it really is a very pretty city and I’ll never tire of exploring and discovering new gems. I’d love to know if you have any other favourite streets that I can explore. I’ll also try to do an extended version of this post soon, as I’m sure I can come up with another ten colourful streets in London just as good as these.

10 Colourful Streets in London to Take Instagram Pictures

For more photography content why not check out my Blogging Photography Tips.

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I’ve lived in London my whole life and have explored the city in loads of different ways. I can’t get enough of the gorgeous buildings, amazing culture and the fact that every brick is steeped in history. One way I’ve never explored my city is on a London tour bus. When I’ve visited other cities around the world, I’ve found it a great way to see as much as possible and learn a bit about what you’re seeing. I’ve always wanted to do a bus tour of London as they’re so much fun and a really easy way to spend an afternoon. It’s also the perfect way to take as much of a city in as possible, in a very short time.

Mega Sightseeing London Tour BusA few weeks ago I was invited to a surprise event by the lovely people at Mega Bus, which turned out to be the launch of their brand new service Mega Sightseeing, a fun and affordable London tour bus, exploring the sights of London. The non stopping bus takes you round all the most popular parts of the city and costs from as little as £1! A lot cheaper than some of the other options in the city.

Mega Sightseeing London Tour BusThe tour takes around two hours and gives you the opportunity to view some of London’s most beautiful buildings. You can sit back and enjoy the view and listen to the interesting audio guide, or do what we did, in true blogger style and take lots and lots of pictures!

Mega Sightseeing London Tour BusHaving lived in London for 32 years, I’ve seen all the buildings and streets we passed through before, but it’s actually quite a different view from the an open top bus, seeing everything from a slightly different angle, so even if you’re familiar with the city I’d definitely recommend giving it a go. Here’s a map of the route.

Mega Sightseeing London Tour BusHighlights include; Tower of London, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge and many more in between. As well as all the iconic structures in London the everyday architecture and all the details are worth taking in too, especially from above. We were lucky to head out just before sunset, so we had some gorgeous golden hour light bathing the city and making it glow. Here are a few details I picked up along the route.

Fleet Street

The Monument

Tower Bridge and HMS Belfast

View from Tower Bridge 

Nelson’s Column

Mega Sightseeing London Tour BusAll pictures except my own were Kindly provided by Mega Bus

I had such a fun afternoon and would definitely recommend the Mega sightseeing London tour bus to both visitors and Londoners alike. I also think would make a great alternative date idea or something nice to do with a friend.

If you’d like to explore the city on this fantastic new London tour bus, visit the Mega Bus website. Find more on social media using the hashtag #megatours


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